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Poster: Satisfied47 Date: Nov 19, 2008 10:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Paper

Im writing my 10 page term paper on Jerry Garcia. My professor wants us not to just give a biography of the person but to instead focus on one issue of the person. I was thinking talking about his drug addiction, or how his music affected people and how it still affects people. If any of you could give me some good sources, or just info or personal exp's or what you think it was about Jerry that made everyone love him

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 20, 2008 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

No offense but I think defining Jerry based soley on his drug use would be as depressing and cliche as defining the band based on patchouli wearing tofu eating trust fund touch heads.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 20, 2008 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

What about the wide spectrum of appeal? Garcia continues to build a fan base with young kids today. My son makes three generations of Dead fans in the family. My father took me to RFK 6/10/73 when I was 11.

A slight twist to consider - there is a huge variety of political belief in here. Some are hard core right, some are hard core left, and the rest are in between. There were some pretty spirited conversations on the board going up to and after the election - some were downright nasty - but I don't think anybody lost sight of the common undercurrent running through everybody's shorts - we all enjoy the Dead a great deal.

I think Jer would think that is pretty freakin' cool.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 20, 2008 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

A different slant might be the "unofficial leader" angle.He's known for being the lewder of the dead , when in fact it was truly a band and a title he clearly didn't want or feel was accurate.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 20, 2008 3:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

For his drug use, see Blair Jackson's biography of him, Robert Greenfield's Dark Star (lots of recollections by people who knew him well), and Dennis McNally's history of the band.

For what he meant to listeners, see the book that came out after his death with the subtitle, "The Online World Remembers." Can't recall the author just now.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Nov 20, 2008 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

You would be hard pressed to put together ten pages strictly on Garcia's drug addiction. At the height of his involvement with heroin, he was an exceptionally private person. Much of the information available is strictly anecdotal or hearsay. Even the effect it had on his playing is speculative and convoluted with other health issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetes. His lack of interest in touring after 1990 (More money?) also tended to conceal his condition.

Given the opportunity, it would be my choice to explore the personal renaissance Garcia enjoyed with his relationship to David Grisman. The "Grateful Dawg" movie provides probably the best personal insight into Garcia ever documented. Against the backdrop of the poor performances, negative press accumulated during the tours, and speculation regarding Garcia's health, his work with and relationship to Grisman offer up a more affirming view of the man than anything Grateful Dead related in the 90's.



This post was modified by Earl B. Powell on 2008-11-20 14:44:23

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 20, 2008 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

if u browse through some old posts here, u might find ur homework already done. just copy/paste. maybe change the subject if necessary

i cant recommend any right now, coz i dont read long posts (tend to fall asleep half way through), but im sure somebody here will come up w/ the link to something u can use

check out *light into ashes* posts first

good luck

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Poster: Satisfied47 Date: Nov 20, 2008 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

Yea ive written about 2 and a half pages and i can't bring myself to even write about his drug problem. It would ruin the mood of the paper. I am running out of ideas though

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 20, 2008 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

hmmm, how about the myth vs. the reality?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 20, 2008 7:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

Earl is right on about the Dawg movie; having recently seen Grisman, it reminded of that flick, and it is full of insights/commentary right up your alley with respect to this assignment (ie, what was he about, etc., though not the drug aspect).

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 20, 2008 10:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paper

I'll third that one. It is a great documentary style video of Jerry. Also If you listen to the JG-Grisham shows in early 91 you can't deny that he could still pull it off like 1970 and then some, vocal's considered.